NCAA All-America Team Includes Two Titans
Two-Time Defending Champion Eliminates Titans From NCAA Championship
Titans Advance To Sweet 16 In NCAA Championship
Titans Win Opening Match In NCAA Championship
Copenhaver, Southward Receive All-WIAC Honors
|Rebounding from a tough loss in the semifinals, the UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team finished third at the WIAC Tournament held Friday and Saturday (Nov. 3-4) in Whitewater.
The Titans gained third place on Saturday by defeating UW-Platteville in scores of 15-8, 13-15, 15-5 and 15-8. UW-Oshkosh's victory followed Friday's 13-15, 15-13, 6-15, 15-4 and 8-15 setback to UW-River Falls in the semifinals. UW-Whitewater (36-1) defeated UW-River Falls (27-10) in Saturday's title match (15-10, 3-15, 15-8 and 15-9) to earn the WIAC's automatic bid to the 48-team NCAA Division III Tournament.
UW-Oshkosh (28-8) started strong against UW-Platteville (25-9), leading the first game from start to finish. The Pioneers trailed 5-4 in the second game, but rallied to even the match after the Titans built leads of 11-6 and 14-7. UW-Oshkosh jumped out to an 11-2 lead in winning game three and claimed game four after compiling advantages of 10-4 and 12-5.
Jane Copenhaver had 24 kills to lead UW-Oshkosh, while Christina Southward added 14, Kristi Kujak 12 and Brea Richards 10. Southward led the Titans with 52 assists, while Richards had a team-high 19 digs. UW-Oshkosh hit .240 for the match, while UW-Platteville hit .173. Kristen Shields had 17 kills and 15 digs to pace UW-Platteville.
In the semifinals, UW-Oshkosh fell behind two games to one against UW-River Falls before winning game four thanks to a .400 hitting percentage. The Titans cooled considerably in the fifth and deciding game, hitting .000 with four kills and four errors in 19 attacks. UW-River Falls hit .400 in the fifth game, recording nine kills and one error in 20 attacks.
UW-Oshkosh had 75 kills against the Falcons, with Copenhaver totaling 22, Kujak 16 and Southward 12. Southward also recorded 58 assists and 16 digs. Kelly Poskus led UW-Oshkosh with 17 digs. UW-River Falls compiled 65 kills against the Titans, with Melissa Mattson totaling a match-high 26. The Falcons had 91 digs in the contest, including double-figure performances by five players.
With UW-Whitewater already in the NCAA Division III Tournament field, the WIAC looks to add one team, if not two teams, to the post-season selections that will be announced Sunday evening. In the latest AVCA poll of NCAA Division III teams, UW-Whitewater was ranked first, UW-River Falls eighth and UW-Oshkosh 16th. UW-Oshkosh's eight losses this season feature a pair to UW-River Falls and UW-Whitewater and one each to Augustana College, Elmhurst College, Trinity University and UW-Eau Claire. Trinity University and Elmhurst College are also ranked nationally, 10th and 12th, respectively.
Titans Defeat Blue Devils In WIAC Tournament Opener
|The UW-Oshkosh women's volleyball team advanced to the semifinal round of the WIAC Tournament following Tuesday's (Oct. 31) first round victory over UW-Stout in Kolf Sports Center.
UW-Oshkosh dropped a 15-9 decision to the Blue Devils in the opening game before winning the match with victories of 15-2, 15-12 and 15-7 in games two, three and four, respectively.
UW-Oshkosh, 27-7 and ranked 20th in the NCAA Division III, moves on to face UW-River Falls, 26-9 and ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III, in a semifinal round contest on Friday (5 p.m.) in Whitewater. UW-River Falls qualified for Friday's contest with the Titans by defeating UW-Eau Claire on Tuesday in game scores of 15-11, 16-14 and 15-13. Friday's other semifinal round match (7:30 p.m.) has UW-Whitewater, 34-1 and ranked second in the NCAA Division III, playing UW-Platteville, 25-7. Friday's winners meet on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) in Whitewater for the WIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Friday's losers meet on Saturday (noon) in Whitewater for third-place bragging rights.
After dropping the first game to the Blue Devils, UW-Oshkosh evened the match by ending the second game with a 12-0 run. Following a tightly-contested game three, UW-Oshkosh took the match by a 3-1 count after jumping out to a 14-3 advantage in game four.
Senior Jane Copenhaver accumulated 18 kills and 10 digs to help the Titans to their fifth straight win, while Christina Southward added 10 kills, 10 digs and 54 assists. Other double-digit performers in kills for the Titans were Brea Richards with 14 and Tara Dorski with 13. Jackie Regester also contributed to the victory with a team-high 14 digs.
UW-Oshkosh hit .317 for the match,including a .625 mark in game two. UW-Stout, which ends the year with a 24-12 record, hit .257 for the match.